Police Chaplain

The West Fargo Police Department created a Chaplain position in 1995. This is a volunteer position with great responsibility to both officers of the West Fargo Police Department as well as our community and the citizens we serve.
Because police work can become very emotional for both the officer and the public we serve, the police Chaplain works to meet the needs of both the officer and citizen who may need some help. Our Chaplain often rides with officers during their shifts and is always on call to support and assist both the officers and victims of trauma that we come in contact with.

Police Officer's Prayer

Oh, Almighty God, who's great power and
Eternal wisdom embraces the universe,
Watch over our police officers
And all law enforcement officers.
Protect them from harm in the performance
Of their duty to stop crime, robberies, riot
And violence. We pray, help them keep our
Streets and homes safe by day and night.
We recommend them to your loving care
Because their duty is dangerous.
Grant them your unending strength and
Courage in their daily assignments.
Dear God, protect these brave men and women,
Grant them your almighty protection.
Unite them safely with their families
After duty has ended. Amen.
Chaplain Vern Baardson portrait
Chaplain Casey Baardson portrait
Pastor Vern Baardson of Triump Lutheran Brethern Church and has served as a West Fargo Police Chaplain since 2007.
Casey Baardson has served as a West Fargo Police Chaplain since 2013.